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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions increased throughout the United States. DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 18 to 24, which was the largest DSCI across the country since early April. Dryness and drought conditions expanded across wide-ranging areas of the contiguous 48 states, with the exception of certain areas in the Southeast. Overall, the percent area of D0 (abnormally dry), D1 (moderate drought) and D2 (severe drought) expanded across the U.S. In particular, hot, dry weather caused significant D0 expansion across the southern Great Plains, Midwest and lower Ohio Valley. In the Northeast, abnormal dryness developed in areas of northeast New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and southern Maine. This marked only the fourth week since mid-January that dryness existed in any part of that Region.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Drought conditions intensified throughout parts of Texas in response to another drier-than-normal week and minimal or no rain in central and eastern areas. Hot and dry weather caused the percent area of abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions to increase across the state by over 23 percent and 5 percent, respectively. In addition, severe drought developed in sections of the North Central Plains and Lynn County. Over the last 30 days, areas of the Texas Panhandle and southwestern Texas have only recorded, at most, a few tenths of an inch of rain, further inducing drought conditions.

Similarly, drought conditions expanded and intensified in Oklahoma in response to hot and dry weather, particularly in the western half of the state. The percent area of D0 and D1 increased by approximately 27 and 10 percent across the state, respectively. Severe drought conditions developed in multiple counties in southwestern Oklahoma.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

Light to locally moderate rainfall occurred through central New Mexico. In contrast, moderate drought conditions expanded in northwestern New Mexico due to increasing moisture deficits and limited rainfall, which has only been 25 to 50 percent of the normal over the past 60 days.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

Over the past week, areas of northern Louisiana experienced drier-than-normal conditions and minimal rainfall. Consequently, abnormal dryness developed in approximately 2.5 percent of the state.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Precipitation varied across the Southeastern region. Heavy rainfall occurred around the fringe of dry areas in Georgia, which caused a slight reduction in abnormally dry conditions and the removal of severe drought in the state. In contrast, other areas experienced minimal rainfall. Consequently, abnormal dryness and drought conditions expanded in south-central and eastern Georgia.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Abnormal dryness and moderate drought conditions persisted in areas of south-central and southeast North Carolina.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

The greatest precipitation accumulations in the U.S. are forecasted to occur across the north and central Great Plains. Little to no rainfall is expected to occur in most of Texas, Nevada, Utah and the southern half of California. To check out the forecast near you, try the NOAA Quantitative Precipitation Forecast map.

 

The website links below include the current drought monitors and other current drought conditions information.

 

RECOMMENDED LINKS

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DATA

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Groundwater Levels in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

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